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Romanian priest becomes troll target for vaccine stance

Cluj-napoca - When Romanian Orthodox priest Dorel Galan went public with his wish to get vaccinated against Covid-19, he was not expecting to be targeted by online trolls and anti-vaxxers.

Romania heads for centre-right govt but without PM Orban

Bucharest - Romania's liberal Prime Minister Ludovic Orban resigned Monday after a disappointing showing for his pro-European National Liberal Party (PNL) in elections on Sunday -- but the PNL still seems to be on track to lead the next government at the head of a...

Romania's pro-European party on course to stay in power

Bucharest - Romania's governing pro-European liberals appeared well-placed to stay in power Monday following elections, despite a strong showing by the opposition socialists, according to partial results.

Romania's liberals favourites in general election

Bucharest - Romanians head to the polls in parliamentary elections on Sunday, with pro-European liberals tipped to win despite criticism for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic while in government.

Romania's mining heartland faces up to post-coal future

- In the large, dark locker room of southern Romania's Lonea coal mine, 20-year-old Liviu dons his uniform and helmet before embarking on a six-hour shift in a vanishing industry.

Mystery over metal monolith found on Romanian hilltop

Bucharest - A metal monolith which mysteriously appeared on a hilltop in northern Romania has sparked curiosity -- and mockery -- online, coming just days after a similar object was found in the Utah desert.

Orban vs Orban: Romania defends EU after Hungary-Poland veto

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban distanced himself from his nationalist Hungarian namesake and counterpart Viktor Orban on Thursday after Hungary and Poland vetoed the EU budget and coronavirus rescue plan.

Romania hospital fire fuels fear of further disasters

Bucharest - Ten coronavirus patients died in a fire at a Romanian hospital on Saturday, sparking wider safety warnings in a country marked by crumbling infrastructure and a culture of makeshift repairs.

Doctor hailed as hero as Romania hospital fire kills 10

Bucharest - A doctor left badly burned in a Romanian hospital fire that left 10 dead was hailed as a hero on Sunday after it emerged he had tried to help Covid-19 patients to safety.

'No justice' five years on from Romania nightclub fire

Bucharest - Five years after a devastating nightclub fire killed three of her friends and left her with severe burns, 39-year-old Romanian Flavia Lupu said justice still has not been served in the case -- and that not enough lessons have been learnt.

Exit polls see Romania's Social Democrats lose control of Bucharest

Bucharest - Romania's deeply-entrenched Social Democrats lost control of capital Bucharest in local elections Sunday, exit polls showed, as mask-clad voters chose mayors and local councillors nationwide in the first electoral test after years of political turbulen...

Impunity robs Romania trafficking victims of justice

Bucharest - "I want him to pay for everything I've suffered," says a short, frail 24-year-old Romanian who was forced into prostitution by a man who duped her.

Romanian doctors fight surge in virus cases and conspiracy theories

Timisoara - After almost four months of treating coronavirus patients in the western Romanian city of Timisoara, doctor Virgil Musta is not only facing a surge in new daily cases, but also a string of conspiracy theories.

'Slipped the net': Iranian judge's mysterious death angers activists

Paris - The unexplained death of a fugitive Iranian judge, who plunged from a top floor of his hotel in Bucharest last week, has infuriated activists who say a rare chance has been missed to bring a senior Iranian official to justice over alleged rights violat...

With few computers, Romania and Bulgaria face homeschool hurdles

Darova - Maria Avadanei is exhilarated: after receiving a tablet as a donation, she can finally take her online lessons."I was afraid of failing my classes," says the 15-year-old from Darova, a rural commune in Transylvania in western Romania.

'No gloves, no masks': Romania medical workers fear for lives in virus fight

Bucharest - "We don't have gloves, masks, anything," says one of the medical team at southeastern Romania's Ramnicu Sarat hospital, one of those designated to treat COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus crisis hits Romania's 'invisible' homeless

Bucharest - Roaming Bucharest's deserted streets under the coronavirus lockdown no longer turns up scraps of food, with Romania's homeless instead facing insults and deeper isolation.

Romanians who scammed $1m in diamonds jailed in France

Castres - Three Romanians were sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for stealing diamonds worth $1.1 million in an elaborate swindle of a French jeweller and his Indian business partner.

Romanian president nominates economist as PM

Bucharest - Romania's president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday nominated economist Florin Citu from the National Liberal Party (PNL) as prime minister of a country suffering a prolonged political crisis.

Romanian boxer inspires girls to knock out poverty

Buzau - Steluta Duta was a teenaged orphan living on the streets when, one cold January day in 2002, she stepped through the door of a boxing gym in the town of Buzau and embarked on her unlikely path to becoming an elite athlete.

EU Commission warns Romania over illegal logging

Bucharest - The European Commission on Wednesday put Romania on notice over its illegal logging, launching a sanctions procedure that could see Bucharest brought in front of a court and penalised.

Romania's liberal government falls after three months in office

Bucharest - Romania's liberal government collapsed in a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Wednesday after only three months in office, bringing the EU member closer to early elections.

Romania honours Roma Holocaust survivors

Bucharest - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis paid tribute Monday to Roma victims of the Holocaust, awarding honours to three survivors in a ceremony that marked 75 years since Auschwitz was liberated.

Sheep rescued from capsized ship await adoption in Romania

Peris - The 180 sheep rescued from a cargo ship that capsized carrying 14,600 animals are staying in a shelter in Romania as they wait to be moved to sanctuaries or adopted, an activist group said Wednesday.

Romanians pay tribute to victims of 1989 revolution

Bucharest - Thousands of people marched in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in the revolution 30 years ago that ended the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Misinformation from the archives: Timisoara's 'mass graves'

Timisoara - Naked bodies lined up in the mud in a cemetery in Romania: the city of Timisoara, crucible of the anti-communist revolution in 1989, is also remembered for one of the most infamous examples of misinformation in the modern era.

Romania's 1989 revolution in five testimonies

Bucharest - In December 1989, Romania was shaken by 10 days of protests that led to the fall of Europe's last communist dictatorship.

One of Romania's 'children of the decree' fights for change

Bucharest - Three decades after the collapse of communism in Romania, Visinel Balan still has fresh memories of one of its most infamous legacies -- the orphanage system in which he grew up.

Romania's 1989 generation relive pain at ex-president's trial

Bucharest - On the morning of December 22, 1989, Bogdan Stan drank his usual cup of coffee and went to join the wave of protests against Romania's communist regime.Shortly after, he was shot and killed in front of the state TV building.

Rescuers scramble to save sheep after Romania capsize

Bucharest - Romanian emergency teams managed to save 26 sheep on Tuesday, two days after a vessel carrying 14,600 animals sank off the Romanian coast.
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Rich Boden goes down the 20 meter shaft into the cave.
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Romania pokes fun at the UK in a new ad campaign, inviting the British to come on over.
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